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Heart River girl’s golf finish as state runners-up

The Class B girl’s golf tournament took place June 1-2 in Jamestown.

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Heart River Campbell Clarys returns to the Class B girls state tournament with her last performance being in 2019 as a sophomore — this time tying for fourth. (The Dickinson Press file photo)

Heart River last won the Class B state golf tournament in 2018 and were looking for more success at this year’s meet.

It wasn’t a victory, but Heart River were able to finish comfortably as runners-up with a team score of 685, 11 strokes better than third place Napoleon/G-S at Jamestown Country Club.

“We set and hit our goals both days and that's all we could ask for,” head coach Kirby Robb said. “They shot the two lowest scores in a state tournament we’ve ever had. Kindred is really tough and I told them there’s nothing wrong with second place.”

Kindred won the meet for a third year in a row, leading all teams with a score of 640 between the two rounds, over 40 strokes better than Heart River.

“They’re tough, they always are. They are powerhouses in the East region,” Robb said.

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Kindred have eight state titles to their name, the most of any team in Class B.

Campbell Clarys had the best finish for Heart River, securing a top five finish and an all-state selection with a score of 161 over two days.

Her first round score of 77 was good for fourth on the leaderboard, nine strokes back from the leader and eventual champion Avery Bartels from Kindred.

The second round proved to be more difficult than the first, shooting an 84 the second time around, but still finishing in a tie for fourth.

“Her 77 was a career low,” Robb said. “Second day she had a little trouble on the back nine but still got fourth place. She was the leader of the team and inspired the other girls to play well.”

Molly Robb finished 14th overall, shooting a 171. Not far behind her were her teammates Mackenzie Schneider in 18th and Grace Nantt in 22nd.

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Two years ago, Molly Robb was only seventh grader participating in the Class B Girls Golf state tournament at the Crossroads Golf Club. (Dickinson Press file photo)

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“I’m proud of all of them,” Robb said. “Molly, who is a freshman, played well and missed all-state by five shots. She was a little disappointed but I told her she played fantastic.”

All-state selections were determined by the top ten individual finishers. The tenth place score was a 167.

Heart River scored consistently for both rounds, with a 342 in round one and 343 in round two. All six golfers finished inside the top 50 individually and no one had a round score reach triple digits.

Clarys will be the only graduating senior on the team, so it’s a promising outlook for Heart River to capture a second state championship in the coming years.

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Race Archibald is a former sports reporter with The Dickinson Press.
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